This spring, Portland State has been recognized for its positive global impact through the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings, which consider the intersection of higher education and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). PSU ranked in the top 300 internationally and top 20 domestically for supporting the SDGs, reflecting the University’s long-standing commitment to sustainability in campus operations, innovative academic programs, and high-impact research. In addition to recognizing the University’s standing as an overall global sustainability leader, the rankings place PSU in the top 75 internationally for addressing specific SDGs related to education, water, sustainable cities, and climate action.
The 2020 THE Impact Rankings evaluated 766 universities from 85 countries. To participate, the Campus Sustainability Office (CSO) collected and submitted information from across campus to report on seven of the 17 SDGs. THE evaluated the information submitted for each of the seven chosen SDGs. The top four SDG rankings, which determine PSU’s overall Impact Rankings placement, include:
- SDG4: Quality Education – PSU ranked 41st
- SDG6: Clean Water and Sanitation – PSU ranked 70th
- SDG11: Sustainable Cities and Communities – PSU ranked 55th
- SDG13: Climate Action – PSU ranked 74th